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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (176 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harold Holzer Narrator: Mark Bramhal Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Lincoln at Cooper Union explores Lincoln's most influential and widely reported pre-presidential address - an extraordinary appeal by the Western politician to the Eastern elite that propelled him toward the Republican nomination for president. Delivered in New York in February 1860, the Cooper Union speech dispelled doubts about Lincoln's suitability for the presidency and reassured conservatives of his moderation while reaffirming his opposition to slavery to Republican progressives.

Award-winning Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer places Lincoln and his speech in the context of the times - an era of racism, politicized journalism, and public oratory as entertainment - and shows how the candidate framed the speech as an opportunity to continue his famous debates with his archrival, Democrat Stephen A. Douglas, on the question of slavery.

Holzer describes the enormous risk Lincoln took by appearing in New York, where he exposed himself to the country's most critical audience and took on Republican Senator William Henry Seward of New York, the front-runner, in his own backyard. Then he recounts a brilliant and innovative public-relations campaign, as Lincoln took the speech on the road in his successful quest for the presidency.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Dorothy | 8/29/2013

    " Aside from the details of poor old Abe's frumpy wardrobe in NYC, there isn't much in this book that would be new to even a casual Lincoln reader. This one is strictly for die-hard fans only. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michael Armstrong | 6/17/2013

    " Anyone who is interested in Lincoln will find this a good read. Lincoln in all his homespun aura understood more than anyone the importance of celebrity and his image to the masses. This speech put him over the top. I'm going to read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tomk | 4/14/2012

    " A good read and very informative. Little has been made about this speech up until now which is curious given the attention it received in the aftermath. A good image of 19th century New York... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rod Zemke | 12/21/2011

    " This is a clssic for anyone who wants to have more than a beginners knowledge of American History. The book is well written by an eminent Lincoln scholar who is not an academic--sometimes the best combination. "

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About the Author
Author Harold Holzer

Harold Holzer has authored, coauthored, and edited more than thirty books on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. He serves as chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, and is a Roger Hertog Fellow at the New York Historical Society. Currently he is senior vice president for external affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and lives in Rye, New York.